A quirky little cabin painted in distressed blue, green and red sits in the midst of the mountains, eagerly waiting for visitors. Inside, this ‘modified’ Himachali home is more than you can dream of. Made solely of waste wood and recyclable materials, The Pahadi Lodge screams responsible tourism and if you love the environment then rest assured that a night at this Unhotel will not increase your carbon footprint.
On a cold, snowy day, this lodge beckons you to spend hours on its cosy window seats, reading a book, drinking hot chocolate or playing a game of carrom with the siblings. In the summer, step out in the courtyard and challenge each other to a game of pool, table tennis or basketball.
It is the closest you can come to staying in an authentic Himachali home with the frills of a comfy bed-n-breakfast.
Once a traditional Himachali house, this four-roomed Unhotel is now a cosy, ultra-modern and even dreamy homestay. Two rooms have king-sized beds with big windows that allow natural light to come in while offering great views outside and the third room has two single beds, best for the kids. The fourth room has a separate entry. The bathrooms have been decorated tastefully, one even has a bathtub with a large window – perfect unwinding after a long day with a glass of wine and lots of bubbles.
In keeping with their ideal of responsible tourism, The Pahadi Lodge has been furnished using waste wood; the water used here is harvested and recycled; a solar-powered geyser heats the water and the toiletries are chemical free.
The guys at this lodge serve up some simple but wholesome north Indian fare although Pahadi food can be cooked up on request. While breakfast includes a mouth-watering selection of paranthas, cucumber and tomato sandwiches, poha with delicious tea or coffee, lunch and dinner include Indian curries, sabzis, raita and Indian breads. Guests are free to use the open kitchen amenities if they want to cook.
The Pahadi Lodge is equipped with WiFi and cable TV although we recommend that ‘never switch them on’. You will get a better connection.
You can bring your furry companion along – this is a pet-friendly Unhotel!
If you are a writer, journalist, artist and conservationist, you will be welcomed with arms wide open (and a special rate!).
For those who love all things organic, The Pahadi Lodge keeps local produce that includes walnuts, brown rice, preserves and more – all made by famers from the poorer districts of Himachal. Proceeds from each sale go directly to the farmers.
If you’d like a staycation instead of exploring Shimla, there are a decent number of activities here to keep you engaged. Lose yourself in a small but hand-picked collection of books to read on the several cosy window seats. Listen to some Pahadi music on the Bose bluetooth speakers or spend a day writing or painting with views to die for.
Outside, guests can play a game of table tennis and pool in the courtyard; there is also a basketball hoop for those who’d love to dunk.
Nestled amidst the greenery of the Himalayas, this Unhotel aims to unburden the traveller with dreamy views of mountains as far as the eye can see, a bright blue unpolluted sky and a rustic, sleepy town vibe. All that a standard hotel experience cannot offer.
Ideal for the romantics, the writers, the poets, the artists. For those who’d love to pull themselves out of the harsh realities of life and cuddle up in the arms of the mountains. Perfect for those who need an escape with their furry friends.
Not recommended for those looking for a cookie-cutter hotel experience. For those whose idea of a getaway is solely visiting famous sites. Also not for the pocket conscious traveller.
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